August 27, 2009
Make Sure Your Vents are Counted!
The National Ventilator Survey being conducted by the AARC is underway
now. Make sure the ventilators in your hospitals are counted by the Sept.
10 deadline. This vital information will assist HHS in planning for a
pandemic flu or other major respiratory-related event.
H1N1 Resources Featured
AARC has collected information and resource tools on H1N1,
but we’re looking for notes from the field, too. Check it
out and tell us what experiences you are seeing in your area now.
and to the point.
Bird Discount Expires on Tuesday
Your purchase of official Respiratory Care Week products supports AARC
programs. Act by Sept. 1 to take advantage of the 10% early bird discount
for orders totaling $50 or more for your faxed, mail,
or phone orders.
60 Minutes Rebroadcasts
Dr. Bird Segment
A story on Dr. Forrest Bird will be rebroadcast on 60 Minutes this coming
Sunday, Aug. 30. If you've not seen it before, it's a fascinating segment
about a great pioneer and hero in respiratory care and worth watching.
AARC Hears from CMS
on Key Issues
Thanks to ongoing action on the part of the AARC, CMS has issued several
statements related to respiratory care services. According to the agency:
- RTs may carry
out orders written by nurse practitioners or physician assistants,
as long as a physician co-signs within
a designated period of time.
- Respiratory therapy can be a covered service in the inpatient
rehabilitation facility setting if the need is well-documented
and ordered by the physician.
timeframes established by the AARC’s Position Statement
on Inhaled Medication Administration Schedules may be
considered acceptable for determining that a medication has been administered
with the physician’s order.
Lecture Lab Seeking Aspiring
We’ll be hosting another “Lecture Lab” at the AARC
Congress in San Antonio where aspiring speakers
can “try out” for
next year’s Congress in Las Vegas. If you’re interested,
click on the link and apply for a spot by Sept. 24.
Visits AARC Office
The AARC Executive Office had a very special visitor on Sept. 13—Congressman
Kenny Marchant, who represents the district in which the office is located.
Staff members had the chance to talk about the RT Medicare Initiative.
Good Press: AARC Members in the News
We have another great lineup of newsmakers to share–including
a member who’s invented a rather unique tool
to help infants locate lost pacifiers.
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